LineageThe Master Cassettes were played back with Azimuth adjustment and Dolby B decoding on a Nakamichi CD1 into a Korg MR1000 at DSF 1 bit 5.6MHz. Subsequent conversion to 24/96 AIFF done via Korg Audiogate software. Redbook CDR standard 16/44.1 files were created using Bias Peak, Izotope Ozone's MBIT+ (for all dithering), and Weiss Saracon SRC (all sample rate conversions).
May 1, 2016 Subject:
Best of the Auds
Out of the audience recordings available for this show, I think this is by far the best. The others sound tinny and multi-generational.
As to the show itself, it's pretty solid late 80's show with some exceptional stretches. Bird Song is phenomenal, with each musician playing his own riff with its own rhythmic and sonic pattern all fitting in to the swirling mix of sound. This resolves to a pounding, furious statement of the signature Bird Song chord progression that characterized the song starting in the late 80's (I think 9/18/87 was the first exposition of this, and then it got refined over multiple performances).
Foolish Heart is pretty standard for that period, Victim pretty short, and Crazy Fingers pretty flawed. The outro jam to Crazy Fingers builds some energy and focus, which then leads into the really outstanding part of the show. Truckin's outro jam becomes an irresistible jaw dropping sonic blast, leading into a Smokestack Lightning that features some downright nasty blues jamming. China Doll nearly disintegrates in the middle jam, but Watchtower explodes with renewed force. Stella features some of Jerry's most impassioned playing on this song, and Sugar Magnolia brings the set to a rousing close.